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Bow-Tie Pasta with Ham, Leeks and Peas

Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Styling: Gerri Williams for James Reps


Prep time 11 mins
Cook time 15 mins
Yield Serves: 4
A box of pasta, fresh veggies and some leftover deli ham is all you need to make Bow-Tie Pasta with Ham, Leeks and Peas. This family-pleasing meal is table-ready in just under 30 minutes.


  • Salt and pepper
  • 12 ounces bow-tie pasta (farfalle)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 leek, white and light green parts, chopped
  • 2 cups frozen peas
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 4 ounces deli ham, chopped
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan

Nutrition Information

  • calories 685
  • fat 29 g
  • satfat 15 g
  • protein 25 g
  • carbohydrate 82 g
  • fiber 5 g
  • cholesterol 76 mg
  • sodium 908 mg

How to Make It

  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta until al dente, about 10 minutes or as package label directs.

  2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add leek and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add peas and half-and-half and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer until thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in ham. Season with salt and pepper.

  3. Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup cooking water. Add pasta to skillet along with cheese and toss to coat, adding cooking water as necessary to moisten. Serve immediately with extra Parmesan on the side.